It was stated that US-based Mondelez, known for its snacks and the producer of Oreo, Mikado and Pepito, closed 3 production sites due to the possibility of salmonella bacteria in its products.
In the news, where the managers of the company put forward the reason for the closure as a “big cleaning”, it was argued that the main reason was the salmonella warning.
Food experts attribute the recent emergence of salmonella and similar bacteria in consumer products to the fact that manufacturers turn to cheap materials on the grounds that they are “more economical” and warn about this issue.
The companies in question had withdrawn most of these products from the market due to the presence of bacteria in Buitoni pizzas belonging to Nestle in France, Kinder chocolates belonging to the Ferrero group in many countries in Europe, and cheeses belonging to the Lactalis group.
The World Health Organization reported that there are 151 salmonella infections in the world associated with chocolate products. (AA)
What is Salmonella?
Salmonella is a rod-shaped bacterium in the Enterobacteriaceae family. About 2000 subtypes cause disease in humans. Salmonella typhi (typhoid) and Salmonella paratyphi (paratyphoid) are species that only cause diseases called enteric fever (typhoid, paratyphoid) in humans and can progress with epidemics from time to time. Salmonella subtypes other than these are called non-typhoidal salmonellas.
How is it found?
It can be transmitted by drinking and using contaminated (contaminated with bacteria) water of unknown origin, not properly disposing of human and animal wastes, mixing them into the spring waters, and insufficient chlorination of drinking and utility waters.
Contamination can also occur through foods that carry Salmonella, such as poorly cooked meat, eggs, milk and dairy products, unpasteurized milk or fruit juice, cheese, contaminated (unclean) raw vegetables and fruits, spices and snacks.
After contact with sick poultry, especially after contact with reptiles such as snakes, turtles, lizards, frogs, birds and chicks, if the hygiene rules are not followed, contamination may occur. The bacteria can also be transmitted from sick people to other people.
What are the symptoms of Salmonella?
Symptoms appear within 6 to 12 hours after the germ is taken. Diarrhea is the most important symptom. In addition, headache, abdominal pain, vomiting, nausea and high fever may occur. Bacteria can cause symptoms ranging from mild food poisoning to deadly bacterial infections, namely sepsis.
The illness usually lasts 4-7 days, and most people recover without treatment. In some people, diarrhea may be severe enough to require hospitalization. The disease is more serious in the elderly, infants and people with compromised immune systems.